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RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

I have been towing a Jayco Eagle 338, 39.6 feet ball to bumper with a 3500 Chevrolet Express van for 7 years. 6.0 liter engine 6 speed transmission. 4 point equalizer hitch. Tows great, we have over 30,000 miles doing that. We will have 2-3 grandkids and 2 80 pound dogs with us. Lots of room and with the hitch set tows great. Everything stays inside locked up and dry.
John Burke 10/11/20 07:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Question on charging batteries with Gen

Try it out at home for a couple of days. That way you know for sure. Everybody has a ' this is what I do' story and opinion. Not everything works the same for everybody. Try it like you will use it and know for sure what your 'this what I do story is'.
John Burke 10/03/20 06:53am Tech Issues
RE: 12 V cooler

One way to be sure. When at home, where you have a battery charger if needed, plug in the cooler and wait for 2, 4, and 6 hours. At the end of each time segment check the battery voltage or start the vehicle. If you start it shut it down right away so you do not put any charge into the battery. Starting the engine would be best. You would be discharging the battery a little more than if it was just running the cooler, giving yourself a little buffer zone for the test.
John Burke 08/17/20 07:51am Tech Issues
RE: Solar research

I have a similar set-up for my cabin. I have 4 GC-2's, 6 solar panels, a 400 watt 12 volt wind charger, a 3500 watt generator and a 1500 watt invertor In the cabin I have a mix of 12 volt (lights, RV furnace, water pump) and 120 volt ( TV , coffee maker, fan, etc). The solar panels are run to a 100 amp controller, wind charger has a built in regulator. I have a 4 stage, 80 amp RV charger that I ran a single cord outside that I can plug into the generator. If there has been no sun or wind for 3-4 days I run the generator for about 4-5 hours to charge the battery's. Do not need a transfer switch I can take 5 minutes to start the generator and plug in the cord for the charger. As far as having 3 different charges coming to the battery's it does not matter. The battery's will accept the highest voltage coming in. I do have the solar controller adjusted(14.2v) close to the wind charger (14.1v). It has been working REALLY well for going on 6 years. All told I have about 2100 hundred invested. Power company wanted 6700.00 to run power to me plus the cost of whatever I use. I once figured it out over a 20 year time frame, with replacing battery's every 6 years, generator once. It cost me around 20 dollars a month. Compared to a minimum of 65 per month from the power company.
John Burke 08/07/20 01:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone area update

Bakers Hole 3 miles north of West Yellowstone is nice. Some electric and some not. First come first served, if getting there 9-10am you can usually find a spot. Rainbow point a little father north has first severed and reserve able, some electric and some not. Last 2 miles are rough road but ok if going slow. I was in Yellowstone 10 days ago. Crowds were about the same as other years Just US residents but still lots more campers because of the virus. Keep checking the reserve line every few hours and good chance of getting lucky, I did for both Yellowstone and Rainbow Point and got sites at both. People still cancel. I got my site in Madison campground 6 days before we left. Very few seen to take precautions for the virus seriously, not many mask but where they are required. We were carefully and kept a few feet between us and others. No issues other than I dislike crowds. Wasn't for grand kids wanting to go there I would not go.
John Burke 08/05/20 08:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Biggish dog in pick up truck?

I take 3 grand kids, two yellow labs and too much gear. I pull my travel trailer with a one ton long wheel base van. It works great, have space to spare.
John Burke 07/25/20 10:23am Beginning RVing
RE: How long does a 18lb propane tank last you?

I use a 4.7 cu.ft. fridge in my cabin. It has two 4 inch fans helping remove the heat from the coils. Depending how hot it is I will use a 30lb bottle every 27-32 days. So about a pound or 1/4 gallon per day. That is my average, everybody will be a little different Summer it is on the short end of that scale, sometimes even 24-25 days.
John Burke 07/16/20 07:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Brakes sticking

Before I would open anything up I would verify the problem. Pull the trailer to an icy, snowy, empty parking lot. Having somebody watch from along side you, drive past them about 5-10 mph. Apply the brakes, let off and have them see what wheel or wheels are locking up. If you have one or two stick check those brakes. If all of them are sticking look at your controller first.
John Burke 02/21/20 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar and Inverter combo question

I run an off grid system for a small cabin that has all the systems(fridge, heating, power A/C and D/C, lights etc.)like a camper. I have 6 6 volt battery's wired series/parallel for 12 volts , 1500 watt inverter, 4 stage 60 amp charger powered by a 3500 watt generator, 400 watt wind charger with internal regulator, 600 watts solar with adjustable controller. Over the last 10 years there have been many, many days that all three have been running at the same time. Battery's do not care where their charge comes from. You just need to make sure your charge sources have a control for regulated charging and prevent back feed. If you are trying to get your charge sources to charge at the same time forget about. It is nearly impossible to get everything to charge at the same rate. The battery will accept the one with the highest voltage, not amperage. Even a couple of tenths of a volt will decide what source the battery will accept. For example when the sun goes behind a cloud and the solar voltage drops the charger takes over. Or if the generator runs out of gas and the wind is blowing the wind charger take over the charging. When one system is charging the others just coast and dump their power how ever they are built to do it. Bottom line, if you have more then one charge system with the correct regulator on it no issues
John Burke 01/10/20 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: Should I disconnect WD bars

If it is not to out of level, just a couple of inches, I will put a 2X6 under the trailer wheels to level side to side. Then I will put 2X6's under the tow vehicle wheels to level front to back. Fast and effective.
John Burke 12/27/19 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Slideouts Stalling

I had the same problem. Would get worse the colder it got. Breaker would open, wait a few seconds and start again. Cleaned the slide guides and drive rails and lubed the drive rails and no problem.
John Burke 12/24/19 07:44am Tech Issues
RE: It is mouse time again.

Take a 4 f.t piece of 1 1/4 PVC pipe. Cut it into 1 ft. pieces. Put caps on one end. Mix Decon (or what ever kind you want to use) as long as it is the small pieces like treated oats. Mix the decon with peanut butter, put it into the PVC pipe. Use a broom stick or something that is a bit smaller then the PVC. Push it all the way to the bottom of the PVC. Clean of the first couple of inch's of the PVC so other critters can not lick off the mixture. Glue the PVC to a foot long piece of 2X4 and lay them next to the wheels of the RV them put a long nail through the 2X4 into the ground to anchor it. Or use the U shaped fabric spikes and stake the tubes down. Takes care of the mice before they get into the camper. Just make sure that the ends of the tube are clean and the tubes anchored so other critters can not lick them or haul them away.
John Burke 11/07/19 07:43am Travel Trailers
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